Letter to the Editor

Trump faces fact checkers in State of Union address

Sunday, February 10, 2019

As interested and concerned citizens, we should expect our president to give us correct and truthful information in an important national address. Instead what he delivered was laced with untruths and misrepresentations.

—He claimed the U.S. is the hottest economy in the world. We’re not!

—He claimed the U.S. Treasury is taking in billions due to his tariffs. Actually, the

money is paid by the U.S. consumer in higher prices.

—He claimed he cut more regulations than any other president. Reagan and Carter cut more regulations.

—He listed and overstated the number of jobs created in his tenure.

—He said there are more people working now in the U.S. because of his policies. Actually it’s because the size of the work force has increased.

—He said El Paso, Texas, was one of the most dangerous cities in the country before the fence was built. It was never one of the most dangerous and the crime rate did not change after the fence was built.

—He stated that if he had not been elected president we would now be at war with North Korea. Since Trump labeled Kim “Little Rocket Man” chances of war have actually increased according to analysts.

It seems apparent that about 35 percent of Americans believe the thousands of Trumps untrue statements as they find them backed up by Trump's speechwriters on Fox News. Contrary to Trump's statements that there should be no presidential investigations, the truth must come out and actions taken.

— Robert Sneitzer, Spirit Lake